Finalised my gear for my next trip.
Added a quick release type sternum strap to my National Geographic backpack along with the Op/Tech reporter camera straps. In fairness the backpack does have a sternum strap but it’s not quick release and is pretty fiddly. The quick release strap also has a couple of D-rings, one can’t have too many D-rings. 🙂 .
To prevent the strap from slipping down the shoulder straps I used a couple of heavy-duty cable ties and threaded them vertically through the sternum strap and loops in the material on the shoulder straps where the existing sternum straps attach. Also attached extra Uni-loops to the D-Rings.
Side pockets for my Nat. Geo. backpack rain cover and Manfrotto Pixie tripod. Not shown in the photo below but I have a couple of neoprene drawstring lens pouches with clips to attach to D-Rings which fit nicely in the pockets and the rain cover and tripod go inside these as the teeth on the zips are quite sharp and might possibly rip the rain cover. Also, if the rain cover is wet then it’s nice to stuff it in the neoprene pouch.
ThinkTANK emergency camera rain cover (small size) in laptop compartment.
Camera compartment: OM-D E-M5 Mk II + M.Zuiko 12-40mm, Canon G10 (lurking in the shadows 🙂 ), M.Zuiko 9-18 mm and Lumix 12-32 mm plus spare camera batteries and Op/Tech neoprene case, wrist strap and Uni loop connectors.
My BUBM organiser (medium size) fits beautifully inside the backpack as if it was made for it and for fashionistas out there it’s pretty well colour-coordinated. 🙂
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